The Department will be offering a new introductory course in computational linguistics in 2018W, Term 2.

Course Number: ASTU 204G
Title:  Computational Models of Language
Description:  This course is aimed at introducing students to computational modelling of language.  Various major linguistics areas, including morphology, syntax, semantics, and discourse will be examined from a computational perspective.
Instructor:  Julian Brooke
Term:  2 (Jan – Apr)
Time:     MWF, 9 am – 10 am



The UBC Sustainability Initiative (USI) is excited to offer the Student Sustainability Network (SSN) members the opportunity to apply for funding to attend a sustainability-related conference. To apply, you must identify your chosen conference and complete an application form, indicating expected expenses and your interest in attending the conference. Funding up to $500 will primarily support the conference fee, but you may also request other conference-related expenses.

Learn more and apply by November 30th, 2018 for the conference happening between January-April 2019.


Dr. Denis Burnham, the Director of the MARCS Institute at Western Sydney University, will be presenting a talk next Friday, November 9th, at 2pm (room location to be determined), entitled ‘The ABC of Lexical Tone’.  This talk is hosted by Dr. Janet Werker of the UBC Infant Studies Centre, Department of Psychology.


ASTU 400A – 2018, W, Term 2

Shaping Men: An Ethnographic Approach to Masculinities

This course aims at exploring the meaning associated to masculinity through different cultures. The class, drawing on the world-wide debates following the #MeToo movement, will rely on structuralist and post-structuralist philosophy (Foucault, Butler, theories of intersectionality, etc.) and aims to carry social change among its participants, while reaching to a broad audience of students coming from different Faculties. It is sponsored by Prof. Magliocco, from the Department of Anthropology.




A group of IR and Political Science students have created an initiative to expand opportunities for UBC students to engage with the Middle East in an academic context. They’re hoping to establish a Middle Eastern Studies program, expand Arabic language offerings, and expand Go Global opportunities in the Middle East North Africa region. A short survey has been created for students to express their level of interest in such programs. The survey concludes with a link to their facebook page and website if you’re interested in learning more.



Do you want to improve your French? Your English? Your Japanese? Your Arabic? Or any other language? The UBC tandem Language Learning Program pairs you with someone at UBC who speaks the language you want to improve and who wants to get better at the language that you speak.

No teaching experience is required – just enthusiasm! Activities and support are provided by a facilitator. The program runs once each semester – this term from September to November. Partners meet for 1.5 hours every week for a total of 9 weeks. You spend half of each meeting in each language – the one you’re learning and the one you’re teaching. In other words, you help each other! This is a fully student-run program, and it’s free! It’s also great for meeting people across cultures and participating in a lot of fun intercultural activities on campus.

For more information visit our website (, like our Facebook page ( for up to date information, or email us directly at

We look forward to receiving your application!
UBC tandem team



Are you looking for “Electives – Outside the Major”? The School of Nursing is offering the following topical new courses that are open to students in any degree program and have no prerequisites:

NURS 180 Stress & Strategies to Promote Wellbeing POSTER
NURS 280 Human Sexual Health POSTER
NURS 290 Health Impacts of Climate Change POSTER

BA students are allowed to take a limited amount of credit outside the Faculty of Arts toward their degree. Remember to check your Degree Navigator report after registration to ensure the credit applies as you expect.



The Department will be offering a new introductory course in computational linguistics in 2018W, Term 2.
Course Number: ASTU 204G
Title (tbc):  Computational Linguistics
Description (tbc):  A class aimed at introducing linguistics undergraduates to computational modelling of language.
Instructor:  Julian Brooke
Term:  2 (Jan – Apr)
Time:     MWF, 9 am – 10 am



Welcome to the Department of Linguistics! Your Advisors invite you to meet with them for a one-on-one advising session where you can discuss your program in Linguistics or Speech Sciences and ask any questions you may have about courses and planning your Major. Please contact Wendy Trigg at or Hotze Rullmann at to arrange a time. We look forward to meeting you!


“Linguistics in Industry” video

At the LSA’s 2015 Annual Meeting, linguists from Google, Microsoft, Lexicon Branding, and other leading companies spoke about their work and gave advice to students interested in pursuing an industry career.

A video of this panel has been recorded and posted to the LSA website, where it is available to watch for all members of the Linguistic Society of America. More information and a video link can be found at: